Republished from Preschool Times, a publication of the First 5 San Diego
Quality Preschool Initiative
Thousands of three and four-year-olds headed
to their first day of preschool at First 5 Quality Preschool Initiative sites
across San Diego County over the past few weeks. They arrived on foot, in cars
or buses. Some took the lead to school, while others, still hesitant, held
tightly to their parents´ hands. Excited teachers welcomed them ready to embark
in a year of new discoveries, growth and learning.
At Child Development
Associate´s Spring Valley site, a non-profit agency participating in the San
Diego Quality Preschool Initiative, children began the day in circle time before
having their nutritious breakfast. "What do you feel like today?" asked a
teacher. "I feel like Superman!" exclaimed one proud boy.
Preschool in Valley Center, a faith-based agency participating in the
initiative, students discovered the world through various activity stations. In
one, a child impersonating a barber styled his classmate´s hair in a real barber
chair, providing an opportunity to interact and roll-play with a new friend.
Others cut, colored, and pasted their way to the creation of new works of art
while refining their fine motor skills.
Not too far from Valley Center
is MAAC Project´s Pauma Head Start where students were taking advantage of the
beautiful sunny day in North Inland San Diego County. Enjoying the challenge of
the monkey bars, students cheered on friends and patiently took turns swinging
on the bars, a great exercise for developing gross motor skills. Two friends
teamed up to carry outdoor blocks for all to use and enthusiastically built
bridges and roads. Others used the trike path and learned to stop at the stop
sign and count to five before moving onward.
Warm weather welcomed water
activities at many San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative sites. In El Cajon at
Brisa´s Child Care, students measured and poured water in their outdoor sensory
table. Cozy reading areas and an activities table allowed for fun and learning
in outdoor fresh air.
Catching a reader at any Quality Preschool
Initiative site is easy. From cozy outdoor reading areas to snuggly corner
indoor nooks, students enjoy picking up a book and sharing with a friend. At A+
Preschool and Family Child Care, students received a special treat. Words Alive
and United Way San Diego donated a book for each child to enjoy at home too. A
bilingual board book called The Very Hungry Caterpillar was given to all.